The first in a series on a pretty taboo topic ….


Suicide is a pretty taboo subject. As if managing the stigma of mental illness isn’t sufficiently difficult, suicide carries its own emotive responses; everything from embarrassment, humiliation, shame and denial, to stone-walling and ignorance. I am one of the many people seeking to change the public perception of what it is to live with and face the aftermath of the suicide of a loved one in a family … our son.

If a person wants to end his/her life, there are usually warning signs. The loss of a parent or another loved one can have a shocking effect on an individual who has an emotional problem; the loss of prestige at work or at school can have a negative effect. That same person could have been a victim of domestic violence, bullying at school or even via one or another of the popular social media.

If a friend starts talking or writing about suicide;  if there is a sudden change in that person’s behavior, it can be a warning sign. If a good student’s grades drop or if he/she stops smiling or ends his/her relatioship with a good friend suddenly and without apparent cause, becomes tearful for no apparent reason, or stops participating in his/her usual activities, beware. If your friend talks about the piles of pills he/she has collected, beware and enlist help.

Students should turn to an adult for guidance. It is advisable not to hesitate as you might be able to save a precious life.

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2 thoughts on “The first in a series on a pretty taboo topic ….

  1. Marie Abanga

    Go granny Go and help one more person be saved or one more family be consoled. The kindle downloads for my both books are free this weekend. Spread the word if you can. Love, Marie

    Reply
    1. Jill Post author

      Hi Marie,
      I appreciate your comments no end and love to see your smiling face after each blog.
      Your book is most interesting and I will soon be done. So far, I can highly recommend
      It. It holds my attention but as I lost my darling son due to mental illness, it is a hard
      Read for me. Will contact you when I’m done.

      Reply

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